In an emergency, you may be stuck at home for three days or more. Figure out what supplies you need and make a plan to work out what you need to get your family through.
You probably have most of the things you need already. You don’t have to have them all in one place, but you might have to find them in a hurry and/or in the dark.
Water supplies, including drinking water, could be affected in an emergency, so it is essential to have a supply of stored water. Find out more about storing water.
In a disaster, you may not be able to use your normal toilet if sewerage lines are broken or damaged. The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office has instructions on how to make and use an emergency toilet.
Have grab bags ready for everyone in your family. Each bag should have warm clothes, a bottle of water, snacks, copies of important documents and photo ID.
Remember any medications you might need and keep your first aid kit, torch, radio and batteries somewhere you can grab them in a hurry.
Plan ahead for what you will do if you are in your car when an emergency happens. A flood, snow storm or major traffic accident could leave you stranded in your vehicle for some time.
Keep up to date with MetService weather forecasts.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has information on traffic and travel to help you plan your route.
Make sure you have supplies at work including sturdy walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, a torch, snack food and water. Connect with those who live in the same area and you can work together to get home during an emergency.Get your work ready
It’s up to you to make sure your family, and the people you care about, know what to do and that you all have what you need to get through on your own. Follow these easy steps to get your household ready.